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Get to Know: Andy McGibbon

He is the frontman and guitarist extraordinaire of Lurgan based Garage Punk Blues outfit The Bonnevilles, one of Northern Ireland’s most exciting live bands.

Their latest album, Dirty Photographs, is due for release on Alive Records on March 18th. Get to know Andy McGibbon.

Where you’re from: Lurgan.

Describe your style in 5 words or fewer: 1950’s Blues Vampire.

Digital music, CDs or vinyl: Vinyl, all day long.

Biggest musical influence: Robert Johnson.

What you’re listening to right now: FUZZ II and Elmore James.

Favourite venue: Junior’s Juke Joint, Holly Springs Mississippi. It was like playing in church for me

Best local band of the moment: Wood Burning Savages, Petty Youth, Nasa Assassin.

Last gig you attended: Left Lane Cruiser at the Oh Yeah Centre.

Best gig you have ever attended: Guadalupe Plata at Deep Blues Fest Europe, Munich.

Favourite album of all time: RL Burnside – Ass Pocket of Whiskey.

Musician you’d love to collaborate with: Prince.

Last thing you do before going onstage: Have a beer, stretch and give Chris a hug.

Summer 2018 dates are to be confirmed. You can have an advance listen to the title track of Dirty Photographs on Magnet Magazines website right now, also on Spotify, iTunes or SoundCloud.

Writer for Gigging NI. My tastes are varied; began listening to the folksy standards of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and indie favourites like The Cure and The Smiths, all of which permeated my formative years in the 80s. My first gig was Prince in Cork in 1990. The 90’s also included The Trip to Tip in ’91 & ’92, and gigs by Van Morrison, David Byrne, The Verve, Counting Crows, John Prine, Morrissey, Chris Smither and many more. The noughties brought James Taylor, Squeeze, New York Dolls, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie amongst others; though a highlight was an opportunity to see lifelong hero David Bowie on his final tour, Reality in 2003. This decade I’ve had the chance to see everything from Erasure, Johnny Marr and They Might be Giants to Thirty Seconds to Mars, Aslan, Crosby and Nash, Georgie Fame, Paolo Nutini, John Grant. Latterly there's been a pretty serious obsession with Rufus Wainwright, and the Wainwrights in general to be honest. In the last few years, I’ve also been enjoying a lot more of our home grown talent, with the likes of Duke Special, Brian Kennedy, VerseChorusVerse, The Bonnevilles, Tony Villiers and the Villains, The Hardchargers, and The Four of Us – so I guess you could say no common thread to speak of!